Operational and Horizontal Assistance to the European Microcredit Sector in the framework of JASMINE/EaSI
During 2008-2013, the Joint Action to Support Microfinance Institutions in Europe (JASMINE) initiative was successfully implemented as a pilot project managed by the European Investment Fund and funded by the European Commission. Different operational and horizontal Technical Assistance (TA) activities were developed to support capacity building of the European microfinance sector and help align it with international standards.
Building on the success of the pilot the European Commission launched the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), part of the 2014-2020 EU policy framework, implemented by the European Investment Bank and its fi-compass unit.
The European Investment Bank awarded the delivery of technical assistance to a consortium led by Frankfurt School (IAS) and including the European Microfinance Network and the Microfinance Centre.
The consulting provided is composed of direct TA (operational assistance) to European microcredit providers, as well as transversal activities (horizontal assistance) aimed at disseminating best practice throughout the sector.